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Semper Fi Audiobook

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

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Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

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    THOMAS P BANG-KNUDSEN 01-04-17
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    "Nice simple read"

    Good read about life in the Corps and pre WWII. Accurate about the Corps... not too bad

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    MCLEE4NC 12-06-16
    MCLEE4NC 12-06-16
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    "One of the best series ever written"

    The Corps, The Brotherhood of the War and the Men Blue series are 3 different takes on different jobs (Marines, Army, Police) from up to 80 years ago. Historical fiction of the type like Michael and Jeff Shaara amd Herman Wouk, but with an agreeable "voice" that rooes a viewer in. Shifts to one of the many different subplots are well-timed and make it difficult to put down. I first read started this series almost 30 years and although this is my first Audible tour of the stories, I've read each and every book over a dozen times. Absolutely magical!

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    F. Lombardo 10-02-16
    F. Lombardo 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book, performance not so much"

    I love this series, but the performance left much to be desired. Ken McCoy is a strong dynamic character but the narrator made him sound like some weak chinned lame individual. Didn't care for that at all. They really need to better match the voice with the character.

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    David Burke Grenfell 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging"

    A good balance of character development, story, and combat.

    This first book in the series takes us up to the beginning of the War in the Pacific, from the vantage point of the USMC. This book is not a blow by blow military combat novel. The movement towards war is almost, or actually is, secondary or tertiary.

    The narration is solid.

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    Terry Cook Jr. 09-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!!!"

    I read this book series back in the mid 90's. It was on the Marine Corps commandants reading list. I still love the series.

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    Sherri 08-20-16
    Sherri 08-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great books"

    I think this is the third time I will have listened to this series. For an 82 year old grandmother that's not bad.

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    Bryan 07-27-15
    Bryan 07-27-15
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    "Not that good"

    Extremely offensive language, and I was in the military. It got in the way of the story. Narrator was whiney and annoying. Will not continue with the series.

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a real historical novel"
    What did you like best about Semper Fi? What did you like least?

    I liked some of the military customs and courtesy descriptions.
    I didn't like the way it read like a harlequin romance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out most of the sex and sleaziness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None were especially memorable.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    It was OK but I will not listen to any more in the series


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired military officer I was hoping the novel was more realistic rather than A "Hardy Boys"/Girlsy sex oriented novel. Should change the series title from Semper Fi to "A Marine's WWII Romantic Trysts".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. E. Blackman 08-08-14
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    "I'll be back for more"

    For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.

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    Terry 03-30-14
    Terry 03-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Nothing short of outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Semper Fi the most enjoyable?

    Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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